Let me confess, I haven't been to much weddings. In fact, its countable with a single hand. That being said, I'm extremely poor when it comes to traditional procedures, and my mom told me that its customary for the Groom to buy little boxes of sweets (or cake vouchers), while the Bride will go around distributing them to invited guests! Enlightenment please, Fen and Yuan? =)
A family friend's daughter recently got married (Congrats Kitty!) and instead of the usual big bakery brands, she sourced for something more unique as gift cakes!
Post-Note: It should be Raspberry instead of Strawberry Jam. Apologies for the error.
Located in the neighbourhood of Ang Mo Kio, Pine Garden is apparently a small but reputable bakery that were well-known for their cake selections (described to me by a Singaporean friend). No offense to their fans, but I have never heard of them before so I was rather curious to explore within the box!
To my delight, the assortment was very visually appealing, with each item being handpicked and smartly arranged. I'm not going into molecular details of describing them (No good at that anyway), but a quick overview on each one!
Marble Cheesecake - Smooth and creamy, base was a little too harden though, should have let it chill awhile more out of the fridge. Blackforest Sponge Cake - Nicely sweetened with berries without feeling overly artificial, light cream sandwiched in-between alcohol-infused sponge.
Citrus Drop- Cute pattern on the top, nice strong lemon flavour without tasting like detergent. Pistachio Chocolate Sponge Cake - Chocolatey sponge with rather thin chocolate cream, thicker layers please!
Lychee Martini Sponge Cake - Best among all! Loved the juicy fruit bits and liquor-soaked sponge! On my watchlist if were to buy a whole cake! Strawberry Cream Sponge Cake - Very ordinary
Coffee Sponge Cake - Another nice one with prominent coffee flavour Raspberry Jam Tower Cake - Better than the strawberry cream, with chocolate sponge and cream Orange Jelly Tower Cake - Similar to above but with orange jelly and vanilla sponge instead.
If you realised, Pine Gardens used really basic ingredients (sponge and whipped cream repeatedly) and infused them with fruit flavourings, delicately crafting every one of them. It might not use exquisite ingredients or expensive seasonal fruits, and honestly it might not even taste as good as many boutique patisseries out there.
But at the end of the day, it is the heart that really matters, with the pretty little things carrying the sincerity of the newly-weds, sharing the joyous occasion with their guests! Here's to a blissful ever after!
Pine Garden Blk 529, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, #01-2369/2329 Tel: 6457 6159